By day, we’re marketing geeks. Computer nerds. Quirky writers and artists. And damn proud of it!

But after hours, our team members shed their marketing capes – and pursue all kinds of cool Hobbies, Interests and Talents (we call them HITs for short).

Here’s a hidden talent of Daniel Hoang, a Haley Marketing SEO and PPC Advisor:

HIT: Video Game Guru Turned IRL Rocker

Back Story

Remember the Guitar Hero video game? (Think your ticket to rock band stardom, but from your living room). I was a nationally ranked player back in the day! I would sit in my chair for 13 hours per day practicing. Other people started telling me it was a waste of time and that I should learn how to play a real guitar instead… so I did, and I’ve still been playing the intro to Stairway to Heaven in guitar stores nine years later.

How do you feel when you pick up the guitar?

My favorite thing about playing the guitar is how I can express my individuality. I love the fact that if 100 musicians pick up the same instrument, 100 different personalities come out through their music. Personally, I’m a video game nerd who loves metal music – so when I play, you’ll probably hear a rendition of the two blended together!

Contemporary Triple Threat

At the end of the day, the guitar has helped me to gain so much confidence. After countless hours and hours of practice, I’ve definitely learned to persevere but can say this with certainty – playing guitar is hard!

I’m also interested in production, both of music and video, and one way I’ve found to combine all my passions is by making guitar videos and sharing them online. Hopefully people can see my passion and get some enjoyment out of it!

Want to see Dan’s skills in action?

Check out his latest video:

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